As I was watching it occurred to me how often God speaks to us (you, me and those who aren't aware) and works in such ways to share his message without coming right up and knocking on your door. There was a great scene in the movie that cracked me up:
Madea: You know who you remind me of right now? You remind me of Peter. You know who Peter was? Peter was one of the twelve disciplines. And they were out on a boat near an isle in the Greek Atlantic Ocean. And when they was on this boat, a storm rose up and the twelve disciplines, they got really, really worried and upset. They said, "Oh Lord, what are we gonna do?" and they saw something coming towards them that looked like a ghost. But it wasn't a ghost. It was Jesus. And Peter said, "Jesus, if that's you then let me come out to you." You gotta be careful what you ask the Lord for. So Jesus said, "Come on out." So Peter stepped out of the boat and was walking on the water.
Jennifer: He was walking on water?
Madea: On the water. He was walking on the water toward Jesus. Long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, he stayed on top of the water. He took his eyes off him though. You know why? He got distracted. You know why he got distracted? See, this is what you got to do. When you got your eye on Jesus, you can't get distracted by nothing. Jonah passed by in the belly of the whale. He looked down, Free Willy, with Jonah inside the belly and it made him distracted so he started to sink. He said, "Jesus, Jesus, help me." Jesus said, "I can't. I got to go to Calvary. I'm late." So Jesus went on to the cross. He said, "Don't worry though. I'm gonna send you a comforter. When the comforter come, you gonna be alright." So he's swimming. He try and swim. He was worried. And Jaws was coming. Spielberg did that Jaws thing. And he was surrounded. You know what happened?
Madea: Just in the nick of time... See this is what I'm talking about, when you think you ain't gonna make it, in the nick of time, something happens. Noah came up in the arch. That's right, Noah came rowing up in the arch of St. Louis Arch. He pulled right up beside him. Peter got on there, he said, "Thank you for saving me." Noah said, "No problem, man. It's cool. What up, fool?" So he showed him around. Noah had turned the arch into a cruise ship cause he ain't have nothing to do after he saved the world. Hey, you know who was on there? Eve.
Madea: She was in the VIP section. And Peter asked, he said, "Eve, come on, go to the show." So she went to see this show. They had tigers. You know, they had two tigers, two bears, two lions. You know how they had the male and the female. Well, Siegfried and Roy was there, and they had the two lions there. And them Lions jumped up and scratched Eve. That's how Eve get them two paws there. You ever see Eve with the paws? She got two paws right there. Read your Bible some time, honey. Read your Bible.
Made me laugh and wonder, how many people after watching that movie were intrigued to pick up a bible to see what on earth Meda was talking about, because they kind of, sort of knew something in the story. God is amazing in how He moves us. How He opens doors for conversations. How He sparks an interest you didn't realize perhaps you had.
There was another scene in the movie, which moved me. A young lady who is having "issues" hears the church choir singing. And she begins singing herself ~ in her kitchen loud, calling out to Jesus. "Lord I want you to help me. Help me on my journey, help me on my way, Oh Lord won't you help me. I said Ohhhh Lord I want you to help me, help me on my journey, help me on my way. While I'm waiting, I want you to help me. Help me on my way, Lord, I want you to help me" I love the verse WHILE I AM WAITING, I WANT YOU TO HELP ME. It was the perfect movie to watch before ending the first day of the New Year.
As I head into 2014, I am prayerful that God will fill me with MORE OF HIM, LESS OF ME ~ LORD I WANT YOU TO HELP ME WHILE I AM WAITING, I WANT YOU TO HELP ME. Help me to SEE YOU. Help me to TRUST YOU. Help me to FOLLOW YOU. Help me to be PATIENT IN YOU. Help me to UNDERSTAND YOU. Help me to SEEK YOU ~ Thank you Jesus for YOUR PATIENCE WITH ME on OUR JOURNEY!